Staff Hub

With the mass transition to work from home arrangements for staff, we have introduced a new wellness and support webpage for staff to access the latest announcements and resources while we work from home.


Disruption to air conditioning

Please be advised there will be a disruption to the air conditioning in various buildings on Herston Campus to allow fire/HVAC interface testing between 7am-3pm on Friday 26 February.

The affected areas include Mayne Medical Building (881)Public Health Building (887)Oral Health Centre (883)UQ Health Science Building (901) and UQ Centre for Clinical Research (918)

Air Conditioning is expected to shut down during fire alarm testing with the time of shut down approximately one-hour maximum for each building.  

UQ Health and UQCCR buildings will be quarterly testing. Stair pressurisation fans will run for a test time of less than 30 minutes.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience during this time.

For more information on campus shutdowns, disruptions and road closures please refer to the Property and Facilities Division Road and buildings works page.

Contact Michael Crowley, Technical Support; Ph 0439 432 845. Email:


2021 UQ Global Strategy and Partnerships Seed Funding Scheme (Round One). 

The Global Strategy and Partnerships Seed Funding Scheme has been created to assist UQ faculties pursue activities that will strengthen the impact of UQ’s global network. Please visit the Global Strategy and Partnerships Seed Funding Scheme website for full details on the Scheme and links to relevant strategy documents. Send completed applications via your local RDO to by 5pm, 10 March 2020. The Faculty will rank applications, provide letters of support and organise endorsement of applications by the Executive Dean prior to bulk submitting applications to the UQ Global Engagement and Entrepreneur office by 17 March 2020. Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

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    People and culture 

    Medical Dean's Quarterly Fora

    The Medical Dean’s Quarterly Fora bring together students and staff from across the Medical Program to explore crucial topics impacting the program, the medical profession and healthcare in general.

    Registrations for the first forum are now open, which will be held on Thursday 25 February from 9am-10.30am via Zoom.

    Please email to be sent the registration link.

    Health and safety nominees welcome

    Good consultation about safety issues in the workplace is strongly encouraged and Queensland WHS legislation allows workers to nominate and elect persons from their workgroups to act as Health and Safety Representatives (HSR).  Further detail is provided here.

    If you’d like to have someone from your workgroup act as your local HSR, or if you’ve been nominated to become a HSR, please contact to assist with the process.


    The recipients of 2021 Genome Innovation Hub (GIH) collaborative projects across The University of Queensland have been announced.

    Congratulations to Janice Reid of the Critical Care Research Group (CCRG) who will work on the project ‘Optimising Nanopore Sequencing for Genome-wide DNA Methylation Analysis in Cell-free DNA’.

    CCRG is a large research group based at the Prince Charles Hospital and associated with the UQ Faculty of Medicine and the UQ School of Clinical Medicine.

    Other winners from the Faculty of Medicine include Brian Forde, Delaney Burnard, David Paterson, Patrick Harris, Quan Nguyen, Mitchell Stark, Kiarash Khosrotehrani, Brett McKinnon, Mathew Jones and Paul Clarke.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support line

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Line provides support from clinicians who either identify as or who have in-depth cultural awareness and extensive experience in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The service is free, confidential and available face-to-face or over the phone. Find out more or call 1800 816 152.

      View archived People and Culture announcements

      Teaching and learning

      Join the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
      Expressions of interest are being sought from staff and students who would like to become a member of the Faculty of Medicine's Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee in 2021. 
      The Committee aims to implement the University’s commitment to developing and maintaining an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture for all staff and students.
      Further information is available in the Committee’s Terms of Reference. To apply complete the Expression of Interest form by COB Monday 1 March 2021.

      View archived Teaching and Learning announcements

      Professional development 

      View archived Professional Development announcements


      U21 Health Sciences funding opportunities

       Applications are now open for U21 Health Sciences Group funding opportunities in three key categories.

      The International Projects Fund is aimed at supporting academic and non-academic represented teams to develop a collaborative project while the Research Development Fund is aimed at supporting interdisciplinary research projects.

      The Student Research Fund is designed to support Masters (Research) and Doctoral students across the network to develop a research project.

       Interdisciplinary applications involving multiple health themes and partnership with at least three member universities are encouraged.

       The closing date for applications is Monday, 5 July 2021 with all application details here.

      Vertigo Ventures webinar
      Metrics for Grant Writing and Promotion will provide an overview of publication metrics that can be used to support claims about the quality of your research and track record for grant funding or academic promotion applications. Held via Zoom on five dates until 15 June, registration required.  

      Research Engagement and Impact Evidence will guide researchers to identify and track engagement and impact of their publications. Held via Zoom on 22 February and 11 March, registrations required.

      MyResearch now available

      UQ’s research community can now Login to MyResearch to submit human and animal ethics research, teaching and breeding applications. MyResearch Training Hub provides learning resources. Researchers are encouraged to be familiar with the keynote topics for researchers. Demonstrations are also available to assist with familiarisation with the system.

      Learn more about MyResearch 

      ThinkSwiss Asia Pacific research scholarship application now open

      Applications for the 2021 ThinkSwiss Asia Pacific research scholarship is now open until 28 February 2021.   The program provides grants to both undergraduate and Research Master students enrolled at Australian universities for a three-month research internship at a Swiss university (value ca. AUD 7,000 for 3 months).

      The scholarship is open to students in all fields. Students are responsible for finding a host professor or mentor at a Swiss institution as well as clarifying the scope of a research project before submitting their research scholarship application.

      Students enrolled at an Australian university can schedule their research stay anytime between 1 May 2021 and 14 February 2022. The start date must be no later than 15 November 2021 - in this case, the research stay period would be 15 November 2021 - 14 February 2022.

      For more detailed information about the application process and eligibility requirements, please consult the attached FAQs or contact  Mr. Sébastien Monnet.

      In Australia, the ThinkSwiss program is managed by the Swiss Embassy in Canberra. This program is funded by the swissnex network, part of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

      All essential information: click here

      Application form: click here

      For further details, please contact: Mr. Sébastien Monnet, Science, Technology and Education Advisor, Embassy of Switzerland in Australia (  02 6162 8409)

      UQ Global Funding Resources

      To support UQ’s international partnership activities, Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship (GE&E) has developed the Global Funding Resources spreadsheet which is accessible on SharePoint. The new spreadsheet captures global funding opportunities focusing on engagement and collaborations. The information is collected from key Australian Government departments and agencies (including Austrade and DFAT), foreign embassies and global partners. This is a live document and will be updated regularly. The GE&E Global Strategy and Partnerships team welcomes suggestions for new opportunities to be added to the resources and can be reached at

        View archived Research announcements

        Compassion and the New Normal
        A series of international, online discussions on the theme of ‘compassion’, hosted by award-winning ABC/SBS journalist Sana Qadar. Panellists include Peter Singer, Jennifer Nadel, Anthony Ryan, Penny Spikins and Paul Gilbert. Two further panel discussions will explore the role of compassion in shaping the new normal in the wake of a turbulent 2020. Register here.

        Milestone Seminars

        UQ’s Milestones Seminars are designed to provide HDR students with an opportunity to articulate their research to colleagues and receive feedback and guidance. There are three milestones – Confirmation, Mid-candidature Review, and Thesis Review. 

        View archived Events announcements

        High achiever rewarded

        A huge congratulations to Donna Franklin who was one of six winners selected for the PCCM Awards for Trainees and Early Investigators for medical/nursing/allied health professional oral presentation on ‘Nasal High Flow in Children with Acute Hypoxemic Respirator Failure. A Paediatric Acute Respiratory Intervention Study (Paris)'.


        View archived announcements from CHRC

        CHSR welcome

        Syed Keramat commenced with A/Prof Tracy Comans as Research Academic.  Also joining Tracy’s team are casual research assistants Digby Simpson and Chad Wright.

        Our HR Advisor Natasha Crocker, will be moving on to assist with the roll out of Workday.  Our new HR Advisor is Travis McMullen you can email any HR queries to him through

        CHSR farewell

        Maddy Devaney, leaves the role of Research Development Manager and will now be working for Len and Clair as Research Manager based in Herston.

        Memory Walk and Jog

        Georgina, from COH, has arranged a team for Memory Walk and Jog event in Brisbane which raises awareness and funds for Dementia Australia to support dementia care in the community.

        She’d love it if you and your partners, friends, families, dogs could join in! There are two 9unofficial) lucky door prizes to give away courtesy of two gift vouchers ($100 and $50). Two names will be drawn out of the hat on the day. 

        The Brisbane Memory Walk and Jog will be held on Sunday 30 May 2021 from 8am-11am at Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Mile Rocks, Brisbane.

        You can choose two, five or 10 kilometre distance and can walk or jog. It is a very relaxed, fun morning and a really positive atmosphere of support.

        Team link is here

        Thanks Maddy

        A huge “thank you” to Doctor Madonna Devaney for her contribution to the Centre. Maddy’s outstanding work was recognised within CHSR and at Faculty level, being awarded Service Excellence Awards for both.  Maddy will commence her new role as Research Manager with Clair and Len this week, however will continue to help us one day per week until an RDM is appointed. 

        Research excellence rewarded

        In 2020 the Research and Statistical Support Service (RASSS) and the Global Substance Use and Mental Health Unit (GSUMH) teams demonstrated their commitment to research excellence with members being recognised with academic awards. 

        Mark Chatfield was awarded the CHSR Outstanding Mid-Career Researcher, Dr Cheneal Puljevic was awarded the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs ECR Award and Associate Professor Jason Ferris (leader of RASSS and GSUMH) was awarded the CHSR Directors Choice and Faculty of Medicine’s Academic Leader of the Future Awards. RASSS was nominated for the Faculty of Medicine’s Service Excellence Award. To read more click here (here = hyperlink to CHSR blog piece).

        Global Drug Survey report

        Results from the 25-nation Global Drug Survey (GDS) 2020 are in – and it showed 27 per cent of Australian respondents regretted getting drunk.

        The survey also took a deep dive into how often we’re getting drunk and the consequences of feeling alcohol-related regret.

        Associate Professor Jason Ferris was one of the authors of a fascinating report.

        State of Telehealth Summit a success

        Telehealth experts from the Centre for Online Health (COH) have helped with the launch of the 2021 State of Telehealth Summit – by presenting the opening session on telehealth. 

        The COH was able to provide practical telehealth advice, by sharing more than 20 years’ experience at the Summit held on February 6 and 7. 

        Recent Publications

        1. Cottrell M, Judd P, Comans T, Easton P, Chang AT. Comparing fly-in fly-out and telehealth models for delivering advanced-practice physiotherapy services in regional Queensland: An audit of outcomes and costs. J Telemed Telecare. 2021 Jan;27(1):32-38. doi: 10.1177/1357633X19858036. Epub 2019 Jul 7. PMID: 31280639.

        2. Keramat SA, Alam K, Gow J, Biddle SJH. Impact of Disadvantaged Neighborhoods and Lifestyle Factors on Adult Obesity: Evidence From a 5-Year Cohort Study in Australia. Am J Health Promot. 2021 Jan;35(1):28-37. doi:10.1177/0890117120928790. Epub 2020 May 27. PMID: 32458696.

        3. Nguyen KH, Comans T. Making the Invisible Companion of People with Dementia Visible in Economic Studies: What Can We Learn from Social Science? Healthcare (Basel). 2021 Jan 5;9(1):44. doi: 10.3390/healthcare9010044. PMID: 33466492; PMCID: PMC7824847.

        4. Kim E, Nguyen KH, Donovan T, Edirippulige S, Armfield NR. A cost-minimisation analysis comparing alternative telemedicine screening approaches for retinopathy of prematurity. J Telemed Telecare. 2021 Jan 7:1357633X20976028. doi:10.1177/1357633X20976028. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33412992.

        5. Raghuram N, Alodan K, Bartels U, Alexander S, Pole JD, Gibson P, Johnston DL, Portwine C, Silva M, Sung L. Diagnostic discrepancies between antemortem clinical diagnosis and autopsy findings in pediatric cancer patients. Virchows Arch. 2021 Jan 3. doi: 10.1007/s00428-020-03002-4. Epub ahead of print. PMID:33392797.

        6. Johnston V, Chen X, Welch A, Sjøgaard G, Comans TA, McStea M, Straker L, Melloh M, Pereira M, O'Leary S. A cluster-randomized trial of workplace ergonomics and neck-specific exercise versus ergonomics and health promotion for office workers to manage neck pain - a secondary outcome analysis. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2021 Jan 12;22(1):68. doi: 10.1186/s12891-021-03945-y. PMID: 33435941; PMCID: PMC7805092.

        7. Gupta S, Baxter NN, Sutradhar R, Pole JD, Nagamuthu C, Lau C, Nathan PC. Adolescents and young adult acute myeloid leukemia outcomes at pediatric versus adult centers: A population-based study. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2021 Feb 8:e28939. doi: 10.1002/pbc.28939. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33559361.

        8. De R, Sutradhar R, Kurdyak P, Aktar S, Pole JD, Baxter N, Nathan PC, Gupta S. Incidence and Predictors of Mental Health Outcomes Among Survivors of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer: A Population-Based Study Using the IMPACT Cohort. J Clin Oncol. 2021 Jan 25:JCO2002019. doi: 10.1200/JCO.20.02019. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33492982.

        9.  Kirrane MD, Shrapnel S, Ramanan M, Clement P, Fraser JF, Laupland KB, Sullivan CM, Shekar K. Intensive care digital health response to emerging infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19. Anaesth Intensive Care. 2021 Jan 27:310057X20975777. doi: 10.1177/0310057X20975777. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33504171.

        10. Yang YI, Hodge AM, DuguÉ PA, Williamson EJ, Gardiner PA, Barr ELM, Owen N, Dunstan DW, Lynch BM, English DR. Mortality Effects of Hypothetical Interventions on Physical Activity and TV Viewing. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2021 Feb 1;53(2):316-323. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002479. PMID: 32870614.

        11. King AC, Odunitan-Wayas FA, Chaudhury M, Rubio MA, Baiocchi M, Kolbe-Alexander T, Montes F, Banchoff A, Sarmiento OL, Bälter K, Hinckson E, Chastin S, Lambert EV, González SA, Guerra AM, Gelius P, Zha C, Sarabu C, Kakar PA, Fernes P, Rosas LG, Winter SJ, McClain E, Gardiner PA, On Behalf Of The Our Voice Global Citizen Science Research Network. Community-Based Approaches to Reducing Health Inequities and Fostering Environmental Justice through Global Youth-Engaged Citizen Science. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Jan 21;18(3):892. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18030892. PMID: 33494135.

        12.  Holbert MD, Kimble RM, Chatfield M, Griffin BR. Effectiveness of a hydrogel dressing as an analgesic adjunct to first aid for the treatment of acute paediatric burn injuries: a prospective randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open. 2021 Jan 5;11(1):e039981. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039981.

        13. Jones T, Sandler C, Vagenas D, Janda M, Obermair A, Hayes S. Physical activity levels among ovarian cancer survivors: a prospective longitudinal cohort study. Int J Gynecol Cancer. 2021 Jan 18:ijgc-2020-002107. doi: 10.1136/ijgc-2020-002107. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33462088.

        14. Peel NM, Hornby-Turner YC, Osborne SR, Henderson A, Hubbard RE, Gray LC. Implementation and Evaluation of a Standardized Nurse-Administered Assessment of Functional and Psychosocial Issues for Patients in Acute Care. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs. 2021 Feb 2. doi: 10.1111/wvn.12490. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33529455.

         Upcoming events

        Get involved by attending CHSR and other seminar series and events listed here.

        View archived announcements from CHSR

        Expression of Interest: Join a MD Design Working Group
        The MD Design project is now embarking on the stage two of the design process - the detailed design of the curriculum. We are seeking expressions of interest and nominations from across our broader MD Program community and beyond to join one of eight working groups that will be focused on the design of the new curriculum.    The working groups will be led by a Theme Lead and will meet regularly to progress with the design of staged learning outcomes, learning activities and related assessment tasks for their specific theme.  For more information, click here or alternatively, contact the MD Design project team at

        View archived announcements from the Medical Dean Portfolio

        Important Information for researchers

        Find out more about the ethics and governance review processes at Mater Research, how the Mater Clinical Trials Unit can assist with your clinical research activity, what is support available for researchers as well as all the necessary forms, guidelines, key contacts and resources needed to conduct research projects at Mater Research. 

        Support services for researchers

        Mater Research provides a range of administrative, funding and development services to support Mater researchers, enabling them to wholly focus on their research. Learn more.


        Toowoomba Update

        Due to COVID restrictions, our Welcome BBQ originally planned for Intro week was cancelled. We have rescheduled the event to 2 March and will be utilising the Boyce Estate and Gardens for the event.

        The Boyce Estate was left in trust to The University of Queensland, for the enjoyment and education of the people of Australia and we look forward to utilising this space to officially welcome our new students and staff. You can find out more about The Boyce Family and Gardens by clicking here.

        We are excited to have Shannon Tyrrell join the student facing team as our Year 4 Student Co-Ordinator. She commences on 25 February and has previously been working in the Student Co-Ordinator role with the RRM team.

        RTHSQ Update

        We warmly welcome Rebekah Evans, who commenced in Toowoomba on Tuesday 16 January 2021 as our new Administration Officer.

        Rural and Remote Medicine Update

        The team are currently preparing for preferencing and allocations for RRM placements in Semester 2. Preferencing opens on 8 March.

        Red Ant Round-up Medical conference joint sponsorship with RCS/RTH/RRM will held in Kingaroy 13-14 March.

        Year 1 Observerships are no longer compulsory for 2021, however RCS and TROHPIQ two week Observerships will continue to be promoted.

        Bundaberg Update

        Michelle Wright will officially finish up at the end of this month.  If anyone wants to personally catch-up with Michelle to say goodbye, she would love a phone call (mobile) or email. We will all miss her terribly.

        We would like to welcome to Sue Hansen to the Bundaberg Team.  Sue commenced on 8 February as our new Administrative Assistant.

        We hosted a Research Meet and Greet on 17 February for staff, students, teaching clinicians and the health community interested in research.

        We are hosting NHET Sim Training on 18-19 February. The training was organised and facilitated by Jules Bennett for interested RCS staff and external participants.

        RTHCQ Update

        We warmly welcome Ruth Thompson, who commenced in Rockhampton on Monday 1 February 2021 as our new Program Officer.

        Research Update

        The RCS Research Monthly meeting was held on 15 February 2021. Communication items from the meeting are:

        Asoociate Professor Matthew McGrail has had a paper accepted in Lancet - Rickard CM, Marsh N, Larsen E, McGrail M, Graves N, Runnegar N, et al. Effect of infusion set replacement intervals on central and arterial vascular catheter-related bloodstream infections: a randomised controlled trial (RSVP Trial). Lancet. 2021.

        Lancet is one of the “big four” key international medical journals.

        Annual Research events kicked off last Thursday in Rockhampton with The Research Ready Grant Program (RRGP). This is a collaboration with Central Queensland Hospital Health Service (CQHHS), Central Queensland University (CQU) and The University of Queensland (UQ).

        Research Events are being held in Bundaberg and Toowoomba over the next 2 weeks.

        We recently farewelled Dr Belinda O’Sullivan (Senior Research Fellow) who has taken up a position as the Director of Policy and Engagement at General Practice Supervisors Australia.

        Marketing and Communications Update

        Justine Barrett (Marketing and Comms Manager) has had a change of FTE and now works Monday-Thursday. This will then slowly change to Monday-Wednesday.

        Jess Geddes (Marketing and Comms Officer) will continue to work two days a week – mostly a Monday and Tuesday.

        We are currently recruiting for a new Marketing and Communications Officer to join our little team to replace Justine’s lost FTE and assist us in keeping up with our workload. The position is being advertised across all four sites and closes on 28 February..

        Future staff newsletters

        A staff survey will be rolled out by the end of the month to ascertain what staff would like to see in the staff newsletters. This will then inform a new model for our monthly updates to ensure our information sharing is relevant, informative and meeting your needs.

        Prior to the new model being “released”, sites can continue to send monthly updates to Kristy-Lee Jackson as they best see fit.

        Regional Medical Pathway

        The Regional Medical Pathway (RMP) Steering Committee is the mechanism through which partner organisations come together to govern the implementation of end-to-end medical education and training (i.e. completion of high school to completion of vocational training) in the CQ and Wide Bay region. For February's updates please see here.

        View archived announcements from RCS

        From the Head of School

        Please join me in welcoming new (fixed term) academic staff to Biomedical Sciences: Dr Laura Fenlon (RF, NHMRC Leadership Fellow), Dr Luli Faber (TF, Anatomy and Physiology), Dr Rodrigo Suarez (T&R, Anatomy and Physiology), and Chris Glen (TF, Anatomy).

        All should be familiar to you given their previous contributions to our school, but we welcome them into the school and/or into their new roles.

        These wonderful people and our existing Amplify fellows (James Kesby, QBI; Linda Gallo, SBMS; Sean Coakley, QBI; Gabriela Bodea, Mater; Richard Gordon, UQCCR) have enabled us to fill teaching places vacated last year and through VSS while also shuffling (and reducing) teaching loads for some of our most overloaded staff.

        Thank you to all those who put in the hours behind the scenes (especially Kylie) that enabled these appointments to become reality last week.

        Please make them all feel included. I also wanted to  highlight the wonderful first Biomed “manuscript (pre)review” session that went over two Friday afternoons.

        Collegial, informative and hopefully our critique and discussion were helpful for Mel. Keep up the strong attendance for our next one!!

        Lizzie Coulson 

        Date Savers

        17 June - Academic staff meeting. 10am. Venue TBC (possibly we will have one before this too)

        15 July - All staff meeting. 11am. Physiology Lecture Theatre 63-360 or Zoom (details to be announced)

        Launch of Digital Practices Lab and UQ Pressbooks

        Digital Practices Lab is a joint initiative between the Library and ITaLI to create a collaborative environment for UQ staff and students to share digital teaching practices and experiences and receive support to develop digital resources and skills. Join our Digital Practices community on Microsoft Teams, a supportive community where academics and professional staff can share ideas and ask questions, and library and ITaLI can provide assistance and share data that can help inform and refine teaching practices. Register to join the Digital Practices community here.

        Pressbooks is the Library’s exciting new open textbook publishing service, an open textbook creation platform to find, create, adopt and adapt open textbooks for your courses. Pressbooks will maintain a channel within the Digital Practices community site. Interested staff members can find out more about creating an open textbook for UQ and see relevant documentation, including information about an open textbook grant program and how to apply for funding

        SASS Events 

        Friday drinks are being held at St Lucy’s on 26 February at 4:30pm. All staff and students are welcome.

        SBMS Coffee Mornings are being held on the first Thursday of every month as an opportunity for staff/students to get socially caffeinated. The first SBMS Coffee Morning will be on 4 March from 9:30am-10am at Genies. All students and staff are welcome.

        Student and Staff Network (SaSN)

        As an update, the members and contact information for the Student and Staff Network (SaSN) are as follows:

        Co-Chairs: Elena-Laura Budusan and Mike Piper
        Secretary: Keri-Lyn Subramanian
        Sports Coordinators: Guillaume Burnet and Sai Yarlagadda
        Fundraising Coordinators: Sean Morrison and Declan Gorman
        Student Seminars Coordinators: Aldo Meizoso and Francis Zunhan Lu
        Communications/Advertising: Sandra Parker
        Mixers Coordinator: Jacinta Conroy
        Other/Professional Staff Representative: Brittany Madden

        Upcoming events

        Get involved by attending SBMS and other seminar series and events listed here.

        View archived announcements from SBMS

        SPH Staff Updates
        Congratulations to Haitham Taha who recently completed his PhD. The title of Haitham’s PhD was Using Systems Thinking to Understand the Drivers of Brucellosis in Jordan. Well Done Haitham a fantastic achievement. Haitham’s supervisor was Associate Professor Simon Reid.
        Congratulations also to Dyah Juliastuti who recently completed her PhD. The title of Dyah’s PhD was Sexual and Reproductive Health of Women Living with HIV in Banten Province Indonesia. (Australia Awards Scholarship 2015). Her supervisors were Associate Professor Lisa Fitzgerald and Dr Judith Dean.

        Grant Success
        Congratulations to the below staff who have been successful in recent grant applications.
        Judith Dean (CIA), Associate Professor Amy Mullens (USQ), Dr Claire Moran (True Relationships), Zhihong Gu (ECCQ), Dr Yibeltal (Assefa) Alemu (UQ), Kirstie Daken (USQ). Sexual and Reproductive Health Literacy of Young Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Queenslanders. Sexual Health Research Fund Grant Round 3 ($88,751).
        Fitzgerald L (CIA), Judith Dean, Allyson Mutch, Satrio Nindyo Istiko, Zhihong Gu (ECCQ), Shaun Staunton (QC), Chris Howard (QPP), Robert Muscolino (QC). Exploring the relationship between HIV literacy and networks of newly arrived Asian-born gay, bisexual, and MSM. Sexual Health Research Fund Grant Round 3 ($81,705).

        EOI for Faculty of Medicine Student Representatives on Committees in 2021
        The Faculty of Medicine is seeking student representatives for the following committees: Teaching & Learning Committees (multiple), Board of Studies, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, International Committee, Indigenous Health Committee, OH&S Committee.
        If you are interested in becoming a student representative, please submit your Expression of Interest by Midnight, Monday 22 February.

        Five Minutes with our fabulous Receptionist Adele Rankin
        How long have you been with SPH? 14 months
        What energizes you at work? Working with supportive and dedicated people
        What’s the best advice/quote you were ever given? Who was it from? My mother always reiterated - choose your friendships wisely, the company you keep can have an impact and influence on your choices
        What is your go-to karaoke song? Meat Loaf’s Paradise by the Dashboard Lights
        If you could only eat one item for every meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Soup

        SPH in the Media
        Associate Professor Linda Selvey provides comments on Victoria’s 5 day lockdown on ABC Radio. Listen here.

        Research Update
        Please see below a number of grant opportunities. Please contact The SPH Research Team if you are interested in applying.
        A forecast grant opportunity has been announced by the Department of Health: Public Health and Chronic Disease Program – Rare Diseases. The grant is scheduled to open some time before June 2021. More information and draft guidelines can be found here.
        The U21 HSG International Projects Fund is aimed at supporting academic and non-academic represented teams develop a collaborative project with at least three U21 HSG member institutions, across at least two countries. This is designed to be a more flexible fund to enable members to think innovatively with the aim of helping us achieve the network’s overarching goals. These may include for example: enhancing global education, information exchange and sharing of resources. Up to £10,000 will be awarded annually with the expectation that, over a 12 month period, the project group will deliver specific project outputs and report on these at the Annual Meeting.
        RDO Deadline: 9 June 2021
        UQ Internal Deadline: 14 June 2021
        External Deadline: 5 July 2021
        For more information, visit the U21 Health Science website.
        The U21 HSG Research Development Fund is aimed at supporting interdisciplinary research projects across at least three U21 HSG member universities, across at least two countries. Up to £10,000 will be awarded annually for a 12-month period with the expectation that this will lead to high-impact publications and applications for further substantial funding.
        RDO Deadline: 9 June 2021
        UQ Internal Deadline: 14 June 2021
        External Deadline: 5 July 2021
        For more information, visit the U21 Health Science website.

        The Linkage Luminaries Webinar Series 2021
        The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health will be the first to present at the Linkage Luminaries Series for 2021. This will take place on Wednesday 10 March 2021 at noon AEST. This presentation will describe data linkage and data sharing in ALSWH, and highlight some recent findings including the association between maternal depression and children’s early development, the impact of policy change on Vitamin D testing and the impact of dementia on health service use in the last two years of life. Register here.

        SPH Seminar Series
        Date: Tuesday 2 March
        Time: 1 – 2pm
        Presenter: Dr Darsy Darrsan
        Topic: Non-linear Associations in Health Research
        Zoom link:

        Publications January 2021

        Author of the Month: Associate Professor Fiona Charlson, Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research

        1. Charlson F, Gynther B, Obrecht K, Heffernan E, David M, Young JT, Hunter E. Incarceration among adults living with psychosis in Indigenous populations in Cape York and the Torres Strait. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2021:4867420985247.
        2. Charlson F, Gynther B, Obrecht K, Waller M, Hunter E. Multimorbidity and vulnerability among those living with psychosis in Indigenous populations in Cape York and the Torres Strait. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2021:4867420984832.

        The disadvantage that affects Australia’s remote Indigenous populations is deep, widespread, and intransigent. In terms of health and wellbeing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait residents of Cape York and the Torres Strait are doubly jeopardised both because of their Indigenous status and as a consequence of where they live. Those among them living with mental illness are exposed to triple jeopardy: an issue of human rights as much as health status.  Although mental illness is known to be a major contributor to the health gap for Indigenous adults, baseline data for specific disorders remains scarce and unreliable.

        The Remote Area Mental Health Service (RAMHS), the first psychiatric service to the Indigenous communities in Cape York and the Torres Strait, Australia, began in 1992. During the period of operation, RAMHS was the sole provider of psychiatric services to Cape York and the Torres Strait (apart from an intermittent service provided to the predominantly non-Indigenous mining township of Weipa). The nature of the psychiatric services provided by RAMHS and the close working relationships with other community-based organisations in the region facilitated the completion of comprehensive clinical case records. Because migration in and out of these regions is low, this unique database provided an unparalleled opportunity for epidemiological research, this study covering the 23 years through which the authors of this paper provided clinical services.

        The studies are the first of their kind. The first study assesses the comorbidity and risk factors associated with psychotic disorders over a period of more than two decades in the treated adult Indigenous population of Cape York and the Torres Strait reports portentous findings: inequalities in the distribution of comorbid health conditions and risk factors, high rates of comorbidity which are largely driven by injuries and substance use, high frequencies of a range of potential risk factors across the lifespan, and ‘mother drinking during pregnancy’ as one of the most influential risk factors. Our data powerfully expose the perinatal and early environment of Indigenous children who later developed a psychotic disorder.

        The second study the authors linked RAMHS data with Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) records to examine patterns of incarceration among Indigenous people living with psychosis in Cape York and the Torres Strait over two decades. We found extremely high rates of incarceration among Indigenous people in North Queensland who received a diagnosis of psychosis, with 4 out of 10 incarcerated at some point during their lifetime. The rates of incarceration among this population remained relatively consistent over two decades.  Our findings are of major concern and are at odds with repeated calls to reduce the overrepresentation of people with mental illness and Indigenous Australians in prison.

        3. Ahmadabadi Z, Najman JM, Williams GM, Clavarino AM, d’Abbs P. Gender Differences in Intimate Partner Violence in Current and Prior Relationships. J Interpers Violence. 2021;36(1-2):915-37.

        4. Begum T, Fatima Y, Perales F, Anuradha S, Mamun A. Associations of caesarean section with body mass and waist circumference trajectories from age 2 to 13 years: A nationally representative birth cohort study in Australia. Pediatric Obesity.11.

        5. Belachew SA, Hall L, Selvey LA. Non-prescription dispensing of antibiotic agents among community drug retail outlets in Sub-Saharan African countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2021;10(1):13.

        6. Berridge V, Hall W, Taylor S, Gartner C, Morphett K. A first pass, using pre-history and contemporary history, at understanding why Australia and England have such different policies towards electronic nicotine delivery systems, 1970s-c. 2018. Addiction. 2021. /10.1111/add.15391.

        7. Blake JA, Gardner M, Najman J, Scott JG. The association of birth by caesarean section and cognitive outcomes in offspring: a systematic review. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology.13. /10.1007/s00127-020-02008-2.

        8. Braima K, Zahedi A, Oskam C, Austen J, Egan S, Reid S, Ryan U. Zoonotic infection by Cryptosporidium fayeri IVgA10G1T1R1 in a Western Australian human. Zoonoses and Public Health. 2021:3. /10.1111/zph.12806.

        9. Chung HF, Ferreira I, Mishra GD. The association between menstrual symptoms and hypertension among young women: A prospective longitudinal study. Maturitas. 2021;143:17-24. /10.1016/j.maturitas.2020.08.006.

        10. Crawford KL, Finnane A, Greer RM, Phillips CJC, Woldeyohannes SM, Perkins NR, Ahern BJ. Appraising the Welfare of Thoroughbred Racehorses in Training in Queensland, Australia: The Incidence, Risk Factors and Outcomes for Horses after Retirement from Racing. Animals (Basel). 2021;11(1). /10.3390/ani11010142.

        11. Crawford KL, Finnane A, Phillips CJC, Greer RM, Woldeyohannes SM, Perkins NR, Kidd LJ, Ahern BJ. The Risk Factors for Musculoskeletal Injuries in Thoroughbred Racehorses in Queensland, Australia: How These Vary for Two-Year-Old and Older Horses and with Type of Injury. Animals (Basel). 2021;11(2). /10.3390/ani11020270.

        12. Dasgupta P, Aitken JF, Condon J, Garvey G, Whop LJ, DeBats C, Baade PD. Temporal and area-level variation in prevalence of high-grade histologically confirmed cervical abnormalities among Indigenous and non-Indigenous women, Queensland, Australia, 2008-2017. J Med Screen. 2021:969141320984199. /10.1177/0969141320984199.

        13. Dunn D, Price H, Vudriko T, Kityo C, Musoro G, Hakim J, Gilks C, Kaleebu P, Pillay D, Gilson R. New Insights on Long-Term Hepatitis B Virus Responses in HIV-Hepatitis B virus Co-infected Patients: Implications for Antiretroviral Management in Hepatitis B virus-Endemic Settings. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2021;86(1):98-103.

        14. Erku DA, Belachew SA, Abrha S, Sinnollareddy M, Thomas J, Steadman KJ, Tesfaye WH. When fear and misinformation go viral: Pharmacists' role in deterring medication misinformation during the 'infodemic' surrounding COVID-19. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. 2021;17(1):1954-63. /10.1016/j.sapharm.2020.04.032.

        15. Ho CLB, Chowdhury EK, Doust J, Nelson MR, Reid CM. The effect of taking blood pressure lowering medication at night on cardiovascular disease risk. A systematic review. J Hum Hypertens. 2021. /10.1038/s41371-020-00469-1.

        16. Moffatt CRM, Kennedy KJ, Selvey L, Kirk MD. Campylobacter-associated hospitalisations in an Australian provincial setting. BMC Infect Dis. 2021;21(1):10.

        17. Neale RE, Wilson LF, Black LJ, Waterhouse M, Lucas RM, Gordon LG. Hospitalisations for falls and hip fractures attributable to vitamin D deficiency in older Australians. Br J Nutr. 2021:1-13. /10.1017/s0007114521000416.

        18. Page IS, Sparti C, Santomauro D, Harris MG. Service demand for psychological interventions among Australian adults: a population perspective. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021;21(1):98. /10.1186/s12913-021-06101-3.

        19. Parker S, Arnautovska U, McKeon G, Kisely S. The association between discontinuation of community treatment orders and outcomes in the 12-months following discharge from residential mental health rehabilitation. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2021;74:101664.

        20. Parkin DM, Youlden DR, Chitsike I, Chokunonga E, Couitchéré L, Gnahatin F, Nambooze S, Wabinga H, Aitken JF. Stage at diagnosis and survival by stage for the leading childhood cancers in three populations of sub-Saharan Africa. Int J Cancer. 2021.

        21. Powell PK, Lawler S, Durham J, Cullerton K. The food choices of US university students during COVID-19. Appetite. 2021;161:105130. /10.1016/j.appet.2021.105130.

        22. Primiero CA, Yanes T, Finnane A, Soyer HP, McInerney-Leo AM. A Systematic Review on the Impact of Genetic Testing for Familial Melanoma II: Psychosocial Outcomes and Attitudes. Dermatology. 2021:1-11. /10.1159/000513576.

        23. Santos LMB, Mutsaers M, Garcia GA, David MR, Pavan MG, Petersen MT, Corrêa-Antônio J, Couto-Lima D, Maes L, Dowell F, Lord A, Sikulu-Lord M, Maciel-de-Freitas R. High throughput estimates of Wolbachia, Zika and chikungunya infection in Aedes aegypti by near-infrared spectroscopy to improve arbovirus surveillance. Commun Biol. 2021;4(1):67.

        24. Schofield P, Gough K, Hyatt A, White A, Frydenberg M, Chambers S, Gordon LG, Gardiner R, Murphy DG, Cavedon L, Richards N, Murphy B, Quinn S, Juraskova I. Correction to: Navigate: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of an online treatment decision aid for men with low-risk prostate cancer and their partners. Trials. 2021;22(1):97.

        25. Schofield P, Gough K, Hyatt A, White A, Frydenberg M, Chambers S, Gordon LG, Gardiner R, Murphy DG, Cavedon L, Richards N, Murphy B, Quinn S, Juraskova I. Navigate: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of an online treatment decision aid for men with low-risk prostate cancer and their partners. Trials. 2021;22(1):49.

        26. Sugiyama T, Hadgraft N, Clark BK, Dunstan DW, Chevez A, Healy GN, Cerin E, LaMontagne AD, Shibata A, Oka K, Owen N. Office spatial design attributes, sitting, and face-to-face interactions: Systematic review and research agenda. Building and Environment. 2021;187. /10.1016/j.buildenv.2020.107426.

        27. Thong EP, Milat F, Enticott JC, Joham AE, Ebeling PR, Mishra GD, Teede HJ. The diabetes-fracture association in women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes is partially mediated by falls: a 15-year longitudinal study. Osteoporosis International.10.

        28. Thong EP, Milat F, Joham AE, Mishra GD, Teede H. Perceived helpfulness of treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder: Findings from the World Mental Health Surveys. Clinical Endocrinology.8. /10.1111/cen.14281.

        29. Williams OD, Dean JA, Crothers A, Gilks CF, Gow J. Economic evaluation of alternative testing regimes and settings to detect undiagnosed HIV in Australia. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021;21(1):30. /10.1186/s12913-020-06040-5.

        30. Zheng H, Xu Z, Wang Q, Ding Z, Zhou L, Xu Y, Su H, Li X, Zhang F, Cheng J. Long-term exposure to ambient air pollution and obesity in school-aged children and adolescents in Jiangsu province of China. Environ Res. 2021;195:110804.


        Publications  December 2020

        1. Assefa Y, Hill PS, Gilks CF, Admassu M, Tesfaye D, Van Damme W. Primary health care contributions to universal health coverage, Ethiopia. Bull World Health Organ. 2020;98(12):894-905a.
        2. Assefa Y, Hill PS, Gilks CF, Damme WV, Pas RV, Woldeyohannes S, Reid S. Global health security and universal health coverage: Understanding convergences and divergences for a synergistic response. Plos One. 2020;15(12):e0244555.
        3. Bell S, Doran T, Martin F, Adamson J. Journeys to HIV testing and diagnosis among adults aged 50+years in England: A qualitative interview study. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy.10.
        4. Bendotti H, McGowan K, Lawler S. Utilisation of a brief tobacco smoking cessation intervention tool in public dental services. Health Promot J Austr. 2020.
        5. Davey TM, Selvey LA. Relationship between land use/land-use change and human health in australia: A scoping study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020;17(23):1-27.
        6. de Andrade D, Puljević C, Miller PG, Taylor N, Curtis A, Ferris J. The value of identification scanner technology in monitoring and detecting banned patrons in entertainment precincts. Drug Alcohol Rev. 2020.
        7. Dusingize JC, Olsen CM, An J, Pandeya N, Liyanage UE, Law MH, Neale RE, Ong JS, MacGregor S, Whiteman DC. Genetically determined risk of keratinocyte carcinoma and risk of other cancers. Int J Epidemiol. 2020.
        8. Ellis ML, Okano S, McCann A, McDowall A, Van Kuilenburg R, McCarthy AL, Joubert W, Harper J, Jones M, Mollee P. Catheter-related thrombosis incidence and risk factors in adult cancer patients with central venous access devices. Internal Medicine Journal. 2020;50(12):1475-82.
        9. Fernando G, Durham J, Vlack S, Townsend N, Wickramasinghe K, Gouda H. Examining the evidence of microfinance on non-communicable disease health indicators and outcomes: A systematic literature review. Glob Public Health. 2020:1-15.
        10. Gelaw YA, Assefa Y, Soares Magalhaes RJ, Demissie M, Tadele W, Dhewantara PW, Williams G. TB and HIV Epidemiology and Collaborative Service: Evidence from Ethiopia, 2011-2015. HIV AIDS (Auckl). 2020;12:839-47.
        11. Hanigan IC, Broome RA, Chaston TB, Cope M, Dennekamp M, Heyworth JS, Heathcote K, Horsley JA, Jalaludin B, Jegasothy E, Johnston FH, Knibbs LD, Pereira G, Vardoulakis S, Vander Hoorn S, Morgan GG. Avoidable Mortality Attributable to Anthropogenic Fine Particulate Matter (PM(2.5)) in Australia. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;18(1).
        12. Jacups SP, Kinchin I, Edwards L. Participatory Action Research Applied to an Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialty Service Redesign in Remote Australia: A Mixed-Methods Study of Key Stakeholder Perspectives. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;18(1).
        13. Kaess M, Schnyder N, Michel C, Brunner R, Carli V, Sarchiapone M, Hoven CW, Wasserman C, Apter A, Balazs J, Bobes J, Cosman D, Haring C, Kahn JP, Keeley H, Kereszteny A, Podlogar T, Postuvan V, Varnik A, Resch F, Wasserman D. Twelve-month service use, suicidality and mental health problems of European adolescents after a school-based screening for current suicidality. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2020.
        14. Kartasurya MI, Marks GC, Ahmed F, Subagio HW, Rahfiludin MZ. Effect of zinc and vitamin A supplementation on immune responses in Indonesian pre-schoolers. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2020;29(4):732-42.
        15. Larney S, Peacock A, Tran LT, Stockings E, Santomauro D, Santo T, Degenhardt L. All-Cause and Overdose Mortality Risk Among People Prescribed Opioids: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass). 2020;21(12):3700-11.
        16. Laupland KB, Tabah A, Holley AD, Bellapart J, Pilcher DV. Decreasing Case-Fatality But Not Death Following Admission to ICUs in Australia, 2005-2018. Chest. 2020.
        17. Lazarou M, Fitzgerald L, Warner M, Downing S, Williams OD, Gilks CF, Russell D, Dean JA. Australian interdisciplinary healthcare providers' perspectives on the effects of broader pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) access on uptake and service delivery: A qualitative study. Sexual Health. 2020;17(6):485-92.
        18. Lee HL, Lu KC, Foo J, Huang IT, Fan YC, Tsai PS, Huang CJ. Different impacts of various tocolytic agents on increased risk of postoperative hemorrhage in preterm labor women undergoing Cesarean delivery: A population-based cohort study. Medicine (Baltimore). 2020;99(50):e23651.
        19. Lee YY, Chisholm D, Eddleston M, Gunnell D, Fleischmann A, Konradsen F, Bertram MY, Mihalopoulos C, Brown R, Santomauro DF, Schess J, van Ommeren M. The cost-effectiveness of banning highly hazardous pesticides to prevent suicides due to pesticide self-ingestion across 14 countries: an economic modelling study. Lancet Glob Health. 2020.
        20. Lewis M, McNaughton SA, Rychetnik L, Lee AJ. A systematic scoping review of the habitual dietary costs in low socioeconomic groups compared to high socioeconomic groups in Australia. Nutr J. 2020;19(1).
        21. Lim CCW, Leung JKY, Connor JP, Hall WD, Gartner C, Cheng BHC, Scheurer RW, Sun T, Chan GCK. Availability of substances for use in personal vaporisers on three online cryptomarkets. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2020;217.
        22. McRobbie HJ, Phillips-Waller A, El Zerbi C, McNeill A, Hajek P, Pesola F, Balmford J, Ferguson SG, Li L, Lewis S, Courtney RJ, Gartner C, Bauld L, Borland R. Nicotine replacement treatment, e-cigarettes and an online behavioural intervention to reduce relapse in recent ex-smokers: A multinational four-arm rct. Health Technology Assessment. 2020;24(68):1-81.
        23. Merlo G, van Driel M, Hall L. Systematic review and validity assessment of methods used in discrete choice experiments of primary healthcare professionals. Health Econ Rev. 2020;10(1).
        24. Mishra SR, Waller M, Chung HF, Mishra GD. Association of the length of oestrogen exposure with risk of incident stroke in postmenopausal women: Insights from a 20-year prospective study. Int J Cardiol. 2020.
        25. Moss KM, Dobson AJ, Tooth L, Mishra GD. Associations between feeding practices in infancy and fruit and vegetable consumption in childhood. British Journal of Nutrition. 2020;124(12):1320-8. HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1017/S000711452000238X.
        26. Rasheed N, Almeshal RA, Almohaimeed WS, Almeshal EA, Alofee AM, Alonazi AS, Alshebrumi AA, Alghaith NK, Alotaibi W, Almogbel E, Khan MI. Dietary patterns of females with cholecystolithiasis: A comprehensive study from central region of Saudi Arabia. Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences. 2020;8(B):1193-8. HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.3889/OAMJMS.2020.5116.
        27. Reiner RC, Barber RM, Collins JK, Zheng P, Adolph C, Albright J, Antony CM, Aravkin AY, Bachmeier SD, Bang-Jensen B, Bannick MS, Bloom S, Carter A, Castro E, Causey K, Chakrabarti S, Charlson FJ, Cogen RM, Combs E, Dai X, Dangel WJ, Earl L, Ewald SB, Ezalarab M, Ferrari AJ, Flaxman A, Frostad JJ, Fullman N, Gakidou E, Gallagher J, Glenn SD, Goosmann EA, He J, Henry NJ, Hulland EN, Hurst B, Johanns C, Kendrick PJ, Khemani A, Larson SL, Lazzar-Atwood A, LeGrand KE, Lescinsky H, Lindstrom A, Linebarger E, Lozano R, Ma R, Månsson J, Magistro B, Herrera AMM, Marczak LB, Miller-Petrie MK, Mokdad AH, Morgan JD, Naik P, Odell CM, O’Halloran JK, Osgood-Zimmerman AE, Ostroff SM, Pasovic M, Penberthy L, Phipps G, Pigott DM, Pollock I, Ramshaw RE, Redford SB, Reinke G, Rolfe S, Santomauro DF, Shackleton JR, Shaw DH, Sheena BS, Sholokhov A, Sorensen RJD, Sparks G, Spurlock EE, Subart ML, Syailendrawati R, Torre AE, Troeger CE, Vos T, Watson A, Watson S, Wiens KE, Woyczynski L, Xu L, Zhang J, Hay SI, Lim SS, Murray CJL. Author Correction: Modeling COVID-19 scenarios for the United States (Nature Medicine, (2020), 10.1038/s41591-020-1132-9). Nature Medicine. 2020;26(12):1950. HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1038/s41591-020-01181-w.
        28. Shanks GD. Decreased mortality of falciparum malaria in anemic prisoners of war? American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2020;103(6):2171-3. HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.4269/ajtmh.20-0791.
        29. Sheppard A, Broughton MC. Promoting wellbeing and health through active participation in music and dance: a systematic review. Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2020;15(1):1732526. HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1080/17482631.2020.1732526.
        30. Thomson ZO, Kelly JT, Sainsbury A, Reeves MM. Weight loss outcomes in premenopausal versus postmenopausal women during behavioral weight loss interventions: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Menopause. 2020 Dec 21; HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1097/gme.0000000000001684.
        31. Wang Y, Hussain SM, Wluka AE, Lim YZ, Urquhart DM, Mishra GD, Teede H, Doust J, Brown WJ, Cicuttini FM. Rates, costs and determinants of lumbar spine imaging in population-based women born in 1973–1978: Data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Plos One. 2020;15(12 Dec). HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1371/journal.pone.0243282.
        32. Yang M, Guo YM, Bloom MS, Dharmagee SC, Morawska L, Heinrich J, Jalaludin B, Markevychd I, Knibbs LD, Lin S, Hung Lan S, Jalava P, Komppula M, Roponen M, Hirvonen MR, Guan QH, Liang ZM, Yu HY, Hu LW, Yang BY, Zeng XW, Dong GH. Is PM(1) similar to PM(2.5)? A new insight into the association of PM(1) and PM(2.5) with children's lung function. Environ Int. 2020;145:106092. HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1016/j.envint.2020.106092.
        33. Youlden DR, Walwyn TS, Cohn RJ, Harden HE, Pole JD, Aitken JF. Late mortality from other diseases following childhood cancer in Australia and the impact of intensity of treatment. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2020:e28835.
        34. Zhu D, Chung HF, Dobson AJ, Pandeya N, Anderson DJ, Kuh D, Hardy R, Brunner EJ, Avis NE, Gold EB, El Khoudary SR, Crawford SL, Mishra GD. Vasomotor menopausal symptoms and risk of cardiovascular disease: a pooled analysis of six prospective studies. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2020;223(6):898.e1-.e16.
        35. Zhu Y, Bloxham CJ, Hulme KD, Sinclair JE, Tong ZWM, Steele LE, Noye EC, Lu J, Xia Y, Chew KY, Pickering J, Gilks C, Bowen AC, Short KR. A meta-analysis on the role of children in SARS-CoV-2 in household transmission clusters. Clin Infect Dis. 2020.

        Semester One CAHP Schedule

        The Semester 1 2021 CAHP pay schedule is now available online. To view please click here.

        Upcoming events

        Get involved by attending SPH and other seminar series and events listed here.

        View archived announcements from SPH

        Valentine's Day fund raiser

        The team at UQCCR utilised this year's lead-in to Valentine's Day to raise $62 for an important and worthy cause.

        On Friday 12th February 2021  Peter Wilkes from Lions Clubs Australia sold artificial roses on the ground level of UQCCR. 

        All funds raised were  donated to the Telehealth Psychotherapy for Anxiety in Persons with Cognitive Impairment project conducted by the Dementia and Neuro Mental Health Research Unit at UQCCR.


        The recipients of 2021 Genome Innovation Hub (GIH) collaborative projects across The University of Queensland have been announced.

        Congratulations to Brian Forde, Delaney Burnard, David Paterson, Patrick Harris of UQCCR who will work on the project entitled ‘Culture-independent metagenomic diagnostics for genomic surveillance and infection control of pathogenic bacteria in clinical settings’. Other winners from the Faculty of Medicine include Janice Reid, Quan Nguyen, Mitchell Stark, Kiarash Khosrotehrani, Brett McKinnon, Mathew Jones and Paul Clarke.

        Upcoming events

        Get involved by attending UQCCR and other seminar series and events listed here.

        View archived announcements from UQCCR

        Secure your online accounts

        The University of Queensland’s IT services encourage you to use strong unique passwords, store your passwords securely and enable MFA where possible. To support this, they are holding free password manager pop-up sessions for assistance in setting up your own password manager. The three sessions will be held on Tuesday 9 March, Thursday 18 March and Tuesday 23 March. All sessions start at noon and can be accessed via the same Zoom link.

        Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander action plan release

        The UQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research and Innovation Strategy sets a course for the University to pursue ethical and responsible research that contributes to cultural, social, environmental and economic benefits for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. Read more about the vision and action plan developed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and endorsed by the Vice-Chancellor.

        Women in Imaging 2021

        Celebrating International Women's Day, Women in Imaging are hosting a special evening and networking event, celebrating the leadership of women across our STEMM and imaging communities.

        The event will be held on 10 March from 5.30pm-7.30pm at Terrace Room, Level 6, Sir Llew Edwards Building (Building 14), UQ St Lucia.

        CAI’s exciting speakers include:

        This a free event and complimentary canapés and drinks will be provided. Please note spaces for this event are limited and early registration is encouraged.
        Event webpage and registration.

        Programs for teachers and tutors

        Regardless of whether you are new to UQ or have been here for a while, any teachers or tutors within UQDI may find value in the following teaching and learning training programs:

        Invitation to Present – TRI Immunology Seminar Series

        The TRI Immunology Seminar Series is looking for ECAs and PhD students to present and share their research progress and encountered difficulties.  The seminars are held from 9am-10am on alternate Thursdays to the TRI Cancer Series . Please register here.

        UQ Diamantina Institute Seminar Series

        The first seminar of the prestigious UQ Diamantina Institute Seminar Series has been held with two more  on the horizon.

        Gustavo Rossi and Timothy McCulloch from the Guimaraes Lab will present on 24 February 2021 9:30am–10:30am. 

        Gustavo will be presenting Understanding cancer and engineering NK cells for personalised immune-cellular therapeutics.

        Timothy will be presenting Understanding immunosuppression, and development of immunotherapeutic interventions for persistent bacterial infections at TRI Auditorium and via Zoom: 

        Email Jessica Iannotti for the Zoom password. Further details are available here

        The third seminar will be held on 3 March from 9.30am-10.30am. 

        Guest speaker will be Assistant Professor Anna Vilgelm from Vanderbilt.

        Anna will be presenting Modulating tumour secretome to improve anti-tumour immunity and therapeutic responses via Zoom: 

        Email Jessica Iannotti for the Zoom password. For further details see here.

        Winter Research Scholars program deadline

        The deadline for new projects is 23 February. This program offers scholarships to undergraduate students to engage in research projects from 21 June-23 July, 2021. More detailed information is available on the FoM winter research program webpage and the SEC winter research website.  If you would like to host a scholar, please complete the project online form by 5pm, Tuesday 23 February 2021.

        UQ Maps update 

        UQ’s new navigation app UQ Maps has recently launched and provides room-to-room wayfinding and live insights across St Lucia, Herston and Gatton.

        Queensland Women in STEM Prize open

        The 2021 Queensland Women in STEM Prize is now open and applications close on  9 April at 4pm. For eligibility guidelines visit the 2021 Queensland Women in STEM Prize website.

        NHMRC Scholarships

        Expressions of Interest for the upcoming NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships round are now open. Advisors can encourage potential applicants that they think may be suitable to submit an EOI by 31 March.  UQ will convene a panel of experts to review EOIs and determine which to support to full application. Those that are supported will receive additional guidance and support with their application.

        Eduroam network access issue

        The access software used for connecting to the wifi eduroam network has recently been updated. If you are having trouble connecting then please try downloading the current version on the eduroam site. Make sure you select 'The University of Queensland' after clicking the download button. More general instructions about connecting to wifi are also available and you can also contact ITS if you need more help.

        PhD Scholarship available

        PhD scholarship: Developing new treatments for children with brain cancer - St Lucia. Closing date: 15 March. The Children's Brain Cancer Initiative based at UQDI is a collaboration between multiple Universities and Research Institutes, and the Queensland Children's Hospital.  As part of this Initiative we have PhD scholarships for suitably qualified applicants.

        Foreign Relations Act update session

        The Australian Government recently passed the Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Act 2020. 

        The Act obliges UQ to register existing and future foreign agreements (and other arrangements) and provides the Minister for Foreign Affairs with broad ranging powers to terminate or even invalidate such agreements or arrangements. 

        If you have any dealings with international partners, you will be affected by this new Act and you need be aware of its implications.

        Legal Services will be presenting a high level overview of the Act and how it will impact UQ staff dealing with foreign entities in agreements, partnerships, joint ventures and other commercial arrangements, student arrangements, research activities and any other commercial activity.

        The session will be conducted by Julie Morrish, Elise Neilson and Stephen Tonge of UQ Legal Services.

        The session will take place on Monday 1 March  from 11.30am-12.30pm viz Zoom on

        Please RSVP by Wednesday 24 February to  

        PEF Molecular Engineering Virtual Workshop 

        With over a decade of experience generating thousands of cloned constructs, the Protein Expression Facility is excited to share our wealth of knowledge in this field at the annual molecular engineering workshop.

        The session on Friday 5 March from 10am-noon  is open to Honours, Masters and Research Higher Degree students and research staff.

        For more information and to register click here.

        Student orientation

        Orientation kicks off on Monday 15 February. There are two jam-packed weeks full of events, workshops, activities and orientation sessions across at St Lucia campus. Download the program to find out what’s on.


        The recipients of 2021 Genome Innovation Hub (GIH) collaborative projects across The University of Queensland have been announced.

        Congratulations to Quan Nguyen, Mitchell Stark, Kiarash Khosrotehrani, Brett McKinnon from the Institute for Molecular Biosciences (IMB) and UQ Diamantina Institute who will work on the project entitled ‘Developing new spatial proteomics capability and extending the applications of spatial transcriptomics to clinical archival tissue samples’.

        The UQ Diamantina Institute’s Mathew Jones and Paul Clarke were all also recipients and will work on ’Assessing DNA Replication Dynamics in Cancer’. Other winners from the Faculty of Medicine include Brian Forde, Delaney Burnard, David Paterson, Patrick Harris and Janice Reid.

        UQDI roles advertised

        Senior Research Technician – Brisbane. Closing date 12 February. An exciting opportunity to assist in the coordination and conduct of research focused on skin inflammation and immunity.

        Senior Research Technician (Internal Applicants Only) - Brisbane. Closing date 9 February. Opportunity to assist with the coordination and conduct of quality research in leukaemia, using a variety of in vitro and in vivo techniques.

        Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Closing date 5 March. Conduct and be involved in the co-ordination of a large and globally unique retrospective and prospective biospecimen resource. The ideal candidate will have expertise in Python and R programming and other informatic tools to enable image and genomic analysis. This position is well suited to skilled bioinformatician with a strong molecular biology background.

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